Brandon, MB – The WHL’s hottest team will look to keep rolling tonight as the Oil Kings clash with the Wheat Kings in Brandon. This will be the third of four games between the Wheat Kings and Oil Kings in 2012-13. Edmonton holds a 2-0-0-0 record over the Wheaties this season with both wins coming within the friendly confines of Rexall Place. After meeting four times in the 2011-12 Regular Season – the Oil Kings won the season series over the Wheat Kings with a 3-1-0-0 record.
In their first two meetings this season Oil Kings leading scorer Henrik Samuelsson has threshed the Wheaties for three goals and four assists. He notched his first WHL hat trick on Dec.31st in a 6-2 win over the Wheat Kings in Edmonton. The Phoenix Coyotes 2012 1st round draft pick leads the Oil Kings with 68 points and co-leads the team with 28 goals.
Manitoba native Michael St.Croix extended his current point streak to 11 last night in Regina. St.Croix is third in the Oil Kings scoring race with 66 points and has matched Samuelsson’s mark of 28 goals. In 2011-12, he led the team with 45 goals, 60 assists, 18 power play goals and 105 points — all Oil Kings club records.
Edmonton has the best power play and the best penalty kill in the league. Michael St.Croix leads the WHL with 18 power-play goals and Dylan Wruck leads the WHL with 30 power-play assists. The Oil Kings power play was on fire in Regina last night going 4 for 7 with the man advantage.
Tonight will also mark the first time the Oil Kings have skated at the Keystone Centre since the second round of the 2012 WHL Playoffs. The Oil Kings eliminated the Wheat Kings in four straight games that series and would go on to win their first WHL Championship in the modern era. This will be the fourth game of the Oil Kings current five game road trip which wraps up on Sunday in Swift Current.
Game time from the Keystone Centre is set for 6:30 p.m. MST. All games this season will be broadcast live on the TEAM 1260 and streamed live at WHL.ca